Too often we think energy efficiency and fighting against global warming is out of our hands -- below is a simple example of how common sense can allow us to move in the right direction. I find that drying clothes outside is a surprisingly pleasant activity that gives clothes a great smell that no chemical additive to a dryer will ever replace. AW
One Small Step, from SIERRA magazine:
"When I was a child, my mother always hung out our clothes to dry. At the time I didn't think much of it, but when I was in college, Helen Caldicott gave a speech at a peace symposium. She said one step to shut down the nuclear industry was for us all to dry our laundry on a clothesline. That really made me stop and think.
"Dryers use a lot of energy: 6 to 10 percent of residential electricity usage. Clotheslines are a great alternative. Your clothes will last longer and smell better, and you'll save money on your energy bills. The sun basically does all the work for free.
Anne M. Woiwode, State Director, Sierra Club
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